Allocation of €7.2m to ‘breathe new life’ into three Limerick communities

Aine Fitzgerald

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Minister Michael Ring with members of Murroe Community Council and local representatives. The local community field project has been allocated €3.8m under the Rural Regeneration fund

Minister Michael Ring with members of Murroe Community Council and local representatives. The local community field project has been allocated €3.8m under the Rural Regeneration fund

THREE community projects in County Limerick have been allocated a total of  €7.2million which will “breathe new life” into the areas.

The approved projects are Murroe Community Hub which has been allocated €3,816,451, the Great Southern Greenway which has been earmarked to receive €2,724,657, and the Local Hub in Glenbrohane which has been granted €626,369.

Limerick TD and Minister Patrick O’Donovan welcomed the announcement by his colleague Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development that Limerick is to receive €7.2m for projects in the first tranche of funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF).

Limerick City and County Council chief executive, Conn Murray said the funding programme “aims to breathe new life into Ireland’s smaller towns and villages and this is something that we are very much focused on in the local authority. These projects will support local communities, employment and tourism, helping these rural areas to remain vibrant and potentially attract more people to live there.”

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr James Collins said: “The fact that we managed to secure almost 30% of the overall national figure for them speaks volumes about their importance.”

Senator Maria Byrne welcomed the announcement that the Community Field Project in Murroe received the highest allocation of money under the Fund.

“I wish to pay tribute to the Community Council in Murroe and compliment them on their foresight and professional manner in which they put together this project,” said Senator Byrne.

The funding will provide for the construction of a new community building for Murroe-Boher and the surrounding community. “The community hall will include sporting facilities, meeting rooms, office space, a community café and an enterprise space,” Senator Byrne explained.

This entire project will be overseen by the 12 member board of Murroe Wood Park, chaired by Richard Walsh in partnership with Ballyhoura Development CLG and Limerick City and County Council.

Mr Walsh noted the excellent working relationship between the three partners as crucial to the success of this funding bid and thanked in particular Padraig Casey, CEO Ballyhoura Development and Sean Coughlan, Director of Support Services, Limerick City and County Council.

Deputy Tom Neville congratulated all the volunteers who  have “worked so hard to see these projects come to fruition”

Glenbrohane Community Hub, he said,  involves the innovative conversion of an old public house into a community facility housing a cafe and shops for local crafts and produce. It will also provide a Men’s Shed, office and meeting rooms.